Hoover is a city in Jefferson and Shelby Counties in north central Alabama. The largest suburb of Birmingham, the population of the city was 84,126 as of the 2013 US Census estimate. Located along the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and occupying space in both Jefferson County and Shelby County Alabama, Hoover is the largest suburb of Birmingham Alabama.
The City of Hoover was incorporated in 1967. It was named after William H. Hoover, a local insurance company owner. The area had been known as the Green Valley community since the 1930s and was mostly a residential community. In the late 1970s and early 1980s the city was still mostly residential with a small City Hall that included space for the police department.
Hoover is home to the Riverchase Galleria, one of the largest shopping centers in the Southeast and one of the largest mixed-use centers in the U.S. with 2.4 million square feet (222,967 m²) of total retail floor area. The Riverchase Galleria complex includes shopping, hotel, and office space. The Birmingham Barons Minor League Baseball team, which traces its history to 1885, played its home games at the 10,800 seat Hoover Metropolitan Stadium until the team began playing home games at the Regions Field in downtown Birmingham in April 2013. Michael Jordan’s brief professional baseball career was with the Barons in 1994.
Parks: Aldridge Gardens, Bluff Park Community Center and Playground, Blue Ridge Park, Georgetown Park, Howard Lake Park, Inverness Park, Loch Haven Park, Moss Rock Preserve, Ross Park, Russet Woods Park, Star Lake Park, Veterans Park, Wildfoer Park
- Aldridge Botanical Gardens
- Hoover Metropolitan Stadium
- Riverchase Galleria
- Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa
- Moss Rock Preserve